Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).


Early winter

A mid-November snowstorm put an end to Iowa's 2014 growing season. Bernie Havlovic, superintendent at the ISU Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm, reports: “The door to the 2014 growing season has certainly slammed shut this past week. I went from wondering when we would get our first fall frost two weeks ago to 2.5 inches of snow, frozen ground and morning temperatures in the single digits.” Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey reported that 98 percent of Iowa's soybeans and 92 percent of the state's corn crop had been harvested, ahead of the average date for the first time this season.